In the wake of the pandemic plaguing the world right now, the demand for online products and services is sky-high. Suddenly, all transactions are being processed online, and even food isn’t left out. Logistics organizations are thriving, as is every other person involved in selling products online. However, before I get to the crux of the matter, let’s see a definition.
Online selling is like any form of trading, only that it’s performed without any physical addresses. The buyer doesn’t have to see the seller or visit a physical premises to purchase a product or service. With this logic, online selling is any form of trade performed without physical addresses or presence. And as the name connotes, it’s done online—over the internet. What makes this form of trade better and more sustainable is that neither the seller not buyer need close contact to do business. They don’t have to be in the same region to buy and sell products, but trade is done regardless.
Selling products online is a profitable venture, because there are many different niches to be explored. Below, we’ll consider a few products and services, as well as how they are done:
Gone are the days when people had to do everything themselves. With freelancing, you can sell your services to people in need of it. This niche is growing at a rapid pace over the years, as more and more buyers keep outsourcing jobs to freelancers. The beauty of freelancing is that you don’t need to setup and online store or website. You can easily join one of the many freelancing platforms out there to get started. Sites like, Fiverr, Upwork, Freelancer, and Truelancer are good examples to begin with.
The key to making progress as a freelancer is to find a niche you’re passionate about and groom yourself to be the best. Your performance with clients determines how you will be ranked, reviewed, and recommended. Better performances means better ranking, reviews, and recommendations, and vice versa. Some common niches in freelancing include: graphics and design, writing, audio and voiceovers, video and animations, etcetera.
One way to put your teaching skills to use is by creating and selling online courses. Since the pandemic began, there have been many courses flying around social media. That’s a classic case of an online course. This category of online products and services uses both visual and audio aids to convey information. There are a myriad of ways to make an online course. You could make videos of yourself covering a subject as seen on YouTube videos. Alternatively, you can instead create a text material, in which you amply discuss a subject.
Selling your online courses is easy. You can sign up on platforms that support e-learning, or simply create your own website and market your products. Whichever of these you pick, you’re sure to have a swell time.
eBooks refer to electronic books, that is, texts stored in digital formats like kindle, PDF, and epub. Over the years, eBooks have become increasingly popular, what with how easily they can be obtained. Before, having to look for a book meant it was a hard copy or nothing. And if the book isn’t available in your area, well, that’s about it. But now, with the advent of eBooks, you can get just about any book online from the convenience of your space. You are literally a search away from just about any book that’s ever existed. That changes everything. Studies show that people are reading even more now, thanks to eBooks.
That means, there is a whole market of readers waiting to be explored. If you are good at writing, and want to sell your work, this is a product line to consider. There are no limits to how many people can purchase your eBooks. And since self-publishing is now a thing, you don’t have to go through the trouble of hardcopy publishing. So, stop procrastinating and start writing!
Like eBooks, there was a time when music could only be recorded, marketed, and sold by record labels. Now, however, anybody can make music from the comfort of their homes, brand, and sell it themselves. This changes the narrative on so many fronts. Every year, millions of earphones and music devices are sold, because people listen to more music. This presents an ever-growing market of possibilities; one that can be explored. Many of the artistes you now know today started out making music on their own, like Tori Kelly and Shawn Mendes.
What got them to where they now are is their dedication to the craft. So, if you can and want to sing, forget about the shady deals of record labels and produce your own thing. You can produce your own music using musical equipment, but you don’t necessarily need them. This is because there are apps and software for everything. You could get one to create beats, add effects, and tune audio, among others.
It sounds weird, but you can actually sell photographs on the internet for money. There are two ways of going about this:
You can be contracted to take photographs of certain things or places; or
You upload your photographs and get royalties from image rights and licensing.
Stock image platforms such as iStockPhoto and Fotalia purchase photographs from creators. Also, if you would rather go solo, you can sell your photos on your website. This is a common route for many artists and photographers who don’t want to split their returns with these platforms. Selfish much? Perhaps not. Another exciting method is to upload your photos on Instagram and Flickr. Both platforms are great at helping photographers retain the complete rights to their creations. This protects their intellectual properties without inhibiting them from potential clients. Take note that these aren’t the only ways to sell your photographs though. Other methods include the following:
- As novelty products (on mugs, t-shirts, among other merchandise). Your images would be used on them.
- As small prints.
- As only digital files.
- On large canvases.